Be­hind the Scenes With NCIS: New Or­leans,

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Mardi Gras kicks off Feb. 28, and we’ve got N’awl­ins on our mind. Who bet­ter to un­cover New Or­leans’ top spots than the stars of NCIS: New Or­leans, who’ve been in­ves­ti­gat­ing all the city has to of­fer since they be­gan film­ing on lo­ca­tion there in 2014? Dur­ing a re­cent visit to the NCIS: New Or­leans set dur­ing pro­duc­tion on a cross­over with the orig­i­nal NCIS se­ries (the two-part episode airs on CBS Feb. 14), the stars sat down with Pa­rade’s Josh Wigler to share their picks for the best of the Big Easy.

TAKE A BREAK

Scott Bakula

Spe­cial Agent Dwayne Pride “We take bike rides right along the Mis­sis­sippi River. I grew up in St. Louis, so I al­ways say I grew up on the river. I have a great affin­ity and re­spect for the Mis­sis­sippi, so I love be­ing around it.”

TAKE A BITE

Daryl “Chill” Mitchell com­puter spe­cial­ist Pat­ton Plame “My fa­vorite restau­rant is Wil­lie Mae’s. The food is in­cred­i­ble, and so are the peo­ple. You’re not just eat­ing: You’re eat­ing and you’re get­ting a story. The food is part of the story of New Or­leans.”

TAKE A LIS­TEN

CCH Pounder med­i­cal ex­am­iner Loretta Wade

“The El­lis Marsalis Cen­ter for Mu­sic is a train­ing ground for pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians and stu­dents. They have a fab­u­lous space with won­der­ful acous­tics and a con­cert hall.”

The mighty Mis­sis­sippi plays a big role in the ge­og­ra­phy of New Or­leans, and for good rea­son: The city is home to the 2,320-mile­long river’s deep­est point, dip­ping to

200 feet near Al­giers Point.

The El­lis Marsalis Cen­ter for Mu­sic is the cen­ter­piece of Mu­si­cians’ Vil­lage, a neigh­bor­hood for mu­si­cians who lost their homes to Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina, built by NOLA na­tives Harry Con­nick Jr. and Bran­ford Marsalis.

Wil­lie Mae’s serves up Amer­ica’s best fried chicken, ac­cord­ing to both the Food Net­work and the Travel Chan­nel.

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